Truro City Council has announced that it has appointed a deputy clerk for the first time in its history.

Deputy Town Clerk Esther Grieg, presently holding the position of Camelford Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer, will begin her role in Truro from Monday, March 4.

Truro Mayor Councillor Carol Swain revealed the news, saying: "To the best of our knowledge this is the first time the City Council has appointed a deputy town clerk.

"We had an extremely strong field of candidates and were very pleased to offer Esther the role."

Mrs Grieg has 13 years experience as a clerk for parish and town councils, and was appointed to her previous role as Camelford Town Clerk in 2017.

Before 2008, she worked in financial services at Barclays, Santander, and General Motors as a financial adviser, a senior commercial and sub-prime mortgage underwriter, respectively.

She also spent three years as a retail operations manager and project coordinator for Universal Cinemas International.

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Mrs Grieg relocated to the South West in 2001 and has been an active contributor to council work since then.

Reflecting on her move, Mrs Grieg said: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Camelford and am very proud of the many positive things the council has achieved during the past seven years.

“While I will be sad to leave, I felt it was time for a new challenge.

She added: "I was very excited when I saw the advert for the deputy town clerk role which will enable me to focus on finance and service delivery.

“This is a very important time for both Truro and the City Council.

"As well as the incredible opportunities offered by the Truro Town Deal programme and the development of Pydar and Langarth Garden Village projects, Truro, like many other towns and cities across the country, faces the challenges caused by the pressure on housing, the decline of retail centres and the impact of the cost of living crisis.

“I am looking forward to joining the team at the City Council and working with partners so that we can grasp these opportunities and tackle the challenges and build a vibrant future for the city”.